PullRank Home a tool to enable you to log the Google PageRank of a URL
Development History
The Code
PullRank is a program that gets the PageRank of a web site by opening a Google-toolbar-enabled Internet Explorer browser, hitting the web site, and screenscraping the PageRank information from the window. My goal in creating PullRank was twofold:
  1. To build a tool that could log the PageRank of my blog every day so that I could plot my blog's PageRank over time.
  2. To see if I could develop an application in C# without spending any cash. (Meaning that I would only use the free tools on Microsoft's site and the information that I could find on web pages instead of purchasing Visual Studio .NET, an MSDN subscription, or even an O'Reilly book.)
I never created this software with the intention of using it to harvest PageRanks for some sort of commercial research, though I do not deny that PullRank could be used in that way. However, such use would result in abusing Google, so I ask that you embrace their mantra of "Don't be evil" and limit the use of PullRank to your own, gentle, personal use.

Author's Note: Those of you who are crackerjack C# programmers may find my story of developing this software pretty silly – perhaps the walls that I hit along the way you would have walked over. If that's what you take away from this, then you're missing the point. I took the time to write all of this up in order to demonstrate how to solve a problem with limited resources. In this case, my only resource was a laptop with an Internet connection (and a bit of programming experience). Thus, beyond the porn and the bad poetry, this demonstrates that there really is some useful information out there on the web. Learning to find it, and to synthesize it, is left as an exercise for the reader.

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